Light dystopia, good YA drama, etc. Look, it's not groundbreaking or anything, but it's a good little read. And I think dystopias are important for pe...moreLight dystopia, good YA drama, etc. Look, it's not groundbreaking or anything, but it's a good little read. And I think dystopias are important for people to read and familiarize themselves. I also think that it's important for people in the pre-teen to young adult age range to consider the issues presented in the books. (less)
Okay, so, I'm not going to keep saying what EVERYONE else is. The love triangle resolves in a good way. While...moreEveryone's going to hate me for this....
Okay, so, I'm not going to keep saying what EVERYONE else is. The love triangle resolves in a good way. While I HATE love triangles and view them as an abomination plaguing teen lit, this one was tolerable. I liked all three characters, wasn't "Team" anyone, and felt that the expression of everyone's love for everyone was surprisingly mature. Okay, so the "I had feels" part is done. Because I did have so many feels....
Family tie-ins to The Mortal Instruments: great, BUT DON'T PUT THE FAMILY TREE ON THE INSIDE OF THE JACKET!!! I FIGURED OUT ALMOST EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, I'm very intuitive when it comes to books (probably all of that Agatha Christie I digested as a child...Trust no one, especially not the author), and the book jacket showed me so much.
Magnus: fab, we'd totally be bffs.
Everyone else (Charlotte, Henry, Gabriel, Gideon, Sophie, Cecily, Bridge, Whitelaw, etc.): gorge. Love you all, kisses. EXCEPT YOU, JOSIAH. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH MORE...Good or bad. Really, he wound up being underutilized.
The plot: Here's where I have a problem. It was abrupt. I really felt that the plot was just there because something had to be happening beside angsty feelings. So, the plot just didn't matter...and it felt that way. It felt super unfinished, and to be honest, there was so much more she could have done with a sentence or two here or there. That was a moment when the writing truly failed. Not to give anything away, but...let's just say I got a pat, neatly-tied conflict resolution that I loathed. Look, lady, if George R.R. Martin can kill everything within his reach off (including the reader, I suspect, for his next book), you can have a messier resolution for your "plot" (even though we all know it only exists so Jem/Tess/Will feels can be had).
But, I never expected anything out of this book other than mild amusement and feels. So, the 4 star rating still stands. I loved it, and wish it well, but this book is a summer fling, not a long-term relationship. Even though I'll probably revisit it later down the road, when I'm feeling down on myself, after a hard book breakup.(less)
Okay, the last thing I posted was a scathing essay on Abelard and Heloise. This will be better. I'm talking about Jane by April Lindner. Here's the bl...moreOkay, the last thing I posted was a scathing essay on Abelard and Heloise. This will be better. I'm talking about Jane by April Lindner. Here's the blurb from her website that is on the back of the book:
"Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love? An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers."
I finished the book yesterday, and I have to admit, the girlish part of me absolutely loved it. It's a classic romance, and I mean romance in the non-Harlequin way. Granted, when I first started, the idea of Edward Rochester--now Nico Rathburn--being a rock star was off-putting. Rochester is my FAVORITE Byronic hero so I'm protective. I can see him as a moody musician, but as a rock star? That's far-fetched for me. Yet in the book, it kind of works. It's still not a move I would ever make, but I was able to go with it and still enjoy the book.
The story was, of course, modern and was geared towards a younger audience. It lacked the delightfully scrumptious language of the original, Gothic Jane Eyre. Also, some of the symbolism was cast aside. However, one thing I did like about it was that Lindner integrated Jane's past by using flashbacks. It kept the pace up while still getting her back-story. However, while I miss the more formal tones, there are definite pluses. The first is that it does become a toned-down romance while at the same time showing a young woman becoming strong and independent. The actual story becomes more tangible to the modern-day audience. I think this makes today's audience see the story of Jane Eyre in the clear way that the original audience saw it. Secondly, this is a great way to introduce today's teens, primarily girls, into classic literature. They've been eased into Jane Eyre so that they now can start on the actual book instead of reading volume upon volume about angsty vampires. I almost think there needs to be some sort of "Classics for Young Adults" series like they do for younger children. I think that one needs a good foundation in the classics to better understand the world of literature as a whole. After all, books are always in dialogue with each other.
Four stars from me because I enjoyed it so darn much, though, it probably needs a 3.5. Though, that cover is so lovely it probably pushes it back up to four stars. Isn't it scrumptious? (less)